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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Punched Out

Manny Pacquiao may well fight again, but after being knocked cold by Juan Manuel Màrquez in a ferocious fourth fight, the Filipino superstar has lost his aura

By Chris Mannix

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

A look at the Illini's fast start, a bold opening day plan and the top freshman

By Seth Davis

THE NUMBER

By Luke Winn

The Case For ... A Defensive MVP

By Austin Murphy

Section Table of Contents

Section Table of Contents

PRO FOOTBALL

The Big Easy

CALL HIM A HANGDOG HERO, A SAD-SACK SUPERMAN, KID BROTHER TO A LEGEND—BUT WOULD YOU BET AGAINST ELI MANNING WHEN IT'S ALL ON THE LINE IN FEBRUARY? THE MVP OF TWO SUPER BOWLS, A SCION OF FOOTBALL'S FIRST FAMILY AND THE ULTIMATE GAMER, THE GIANTS' QUARTERBACK HAS FORCED US TO RETHINK WHAT WE EXPECT IN A STAR

By S.L. Price

PRO BASKETBALL

The Politicization of Jeremy Lin

THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THE YEAR'S BEST UNDERDOG STORY, THE POINT GUARD WHO CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. THE PROBLEM IS, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE WANT TO CLAIM THE SUDDEN GLOBAL CELEBRITY AS THEIR OWN

By Albert Chen

OLYMPICS

The Year of the Women

By Brian Cazeneuve

DICKEY AND HARRISON

Stand Up And Speak Out

Imagine, a century from now, looking back on the plague of sexual abuse. Two bright spots in this dark history will be Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and judo gold Kayla Harrison, who refused to be silent victims.

By Gary Smith

POINT AFTER

A Victory That Means Much More

By Jeff Olson

Departments

Not with a Bang, but a ...

Eighteen years after it began in Seattle, the career of Alex Rodriguez draws to a close amid injury and ill will. Did we miss its true measure?

By Joe Sheehan

HOT | NOT

The Coach Opens Up

Taciturn and, well, dull on the sideline, Eric Mangini on camera is smart, informative and engaging

A Shot at Gold

Thanks to improved drug testing, a silver medalist may move up

By Tim Layden

The 8 Debate

By Jim Trotter

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick